The turf war between the Indian
health ministry and office of the drug
controller general of India (DCGI)
rages on after the health ministry ‘put
on hold’ the directives issued by the
DCGI withdrawing powers from state
governments to issue Certificates
of Pharmaceutical Products (CoPP)
– the export quality licence drug
manufacturers require to sell their
drugs to overseas buyers.
Solar power is on the rise. In 2008, the amount
of energy generated by solar cells rose by 80%.
Technical breakthroughs in chemical development, process operations and modelling are necessary to meet the challenges encountered within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries today.
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As an atmospheric scientist, over
the years I have developed a healthy
obsession with sniffing air. Having
worked in locations with some of
the cleanest air on earth – including
Cape Grim in the ‘roaring forties’
of the Southern Hemisphere, the
tropical rainforests of Borneo and
the Jungfraujoch, a 3500m high
saddle point in the Swiss Alps – I
know there is nothing quite like the
smell of a city.
There are some signs of a recovery in the chemical sector,
with chemical sales beginning to recover as the latest
financial results from chemical and pharmaceutical
majors are starting to demonstrate.
The economic crisis the world is still facing has
brought vast amounts of data detailing what kind
of losses should be expected, which companies
are ‘dead men walking’ and what kind of miracles
one might hope for as a result of solutions yet to
With diminishing fossil fuel reserves, great efforts are now being made worldwide to convert renewable biomass into fuels and value-added chemicals.